Posted by: rminchin | April 27, 2012

North Carolina

The Cape Lookout National Seashore near Beaufort, NC, was amazing, so much so, we spent 4 days there.  The black and white diamond lighthouse across the protected cove (the Bight) provided a great backdrop for pictures, a challenge to take a good sunrise picture timed with the light. Mariners who saw black diamonds would know they were East or West of the point and white meant they were North or South.

After a 5-mile walk on the beach one day and a 3-hour walk the second day, we took a day to varnish all our woodwork and do some sewing in the cockpit while watching the dolphins and sea turtles surface all around us.

The sail back to Beaufort inlet with the current had us going 7.8 knots! Once in Beaufort we took long bike ride, visit to the NC Maritime Museum, grocery, laundry, and mail turned out to be a fun, productive on shore day.  Our next stop, Cedar Creek reminded us of our home port.  Enjoyed a long dinghy explore thru cord grass marsh.  Oriental was an interesting town.  Their website, has several webcams including one of our anchorage. Everywhere we walked, we saw evidence of dragons which prompted us to do an internet search to learn its history.  We sure love having internet access on the phone. Another museum visit, ice cream, and chats with friendly people.  Heard stories about their hurricane damage and watched a house being raised.  We called our Windjammer friends who moved south 12 years ago, Bill & Olwen Jarvis and made plans to visit them just in time for a 50th wedding anniversary party at their house for Chuck & Carol Hamilton, also Windjammer friends.  And what a visit!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the meals, walks, talks, and their friends.  Ron loved sharing sailing stories.

Leaving New Bern we had 2 fabulous days of sailing 87 miles rarely using the engine.  I’m sure there aren’t many people who sailed entirely thru the narrow Alligator-Pungo canal.

We’re looking forward to our visit in Elizabeth City and going thru the Great Dismal Swamp Canal.



  1. Sounds like you are having a blast. Shoot us a note or give us a call when you get to the Dismal Swamp so we can figure out how to get together. Pete

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